“The CSU is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses, almost 427,000 students, and 44,000 faculty and staff, we are the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country.”
Let me start by saying, I’m a proud graduate of two CSU campuses. In reality, if it wasn’t for the outreach efforts of my local CSU I don’t know if I would have gone to college. As an alumnus, I am even more disappointed that we have lost our commitment to the public education systems in our state. Year after year its additional budget cuts, reduced enrollment, hiring freezes, and tuition hikes. We’ve been witness to the slowly decline of our public higher education system.
I am disappointed that tens of thousands of students will not get the same opportunities as I did. Has enrollment numbers gets decrease, selectivity increases. What happens to our first generation students? What are the options for those students coming from under-performing communities with less education resources? These disinvestment in the CSU shows are CA legislatures lack of commitment to education, the greatest public good.
Over the last four years we have been witness to the deterioration of our public higher education system. Since 2008 over 500,000 students have faced enrollment cuts, decreased financial aid, and increased tuition fees. This is even more evident now after listening to the CSU Board of Trustees Meeting: http://www.calstate.edu/bot/opensessions/.
With the latest budget shortfalls, none of the CSU campuses will make early admissions decisions for fall 2013, and all applicants — including prospective freshmen — will be warned that admittance is contingent on the outcome of the tax measure. Our students will be denied access, resources, and opportunities while at the same time the CSU BOT approves increased presidential salaries.
These news clips show the same unfortunate story every year:
It is evident the CSU system has moved far away from the mission of providing accessible affordable quality education to all residents of CA. With the latest move, we deny even more students access to our institutions. That wasn’t the promise made by the CA Master Plan. Our the promise our youth grew up on. Our students, our community, our society deserves more. Education is a fundamental right. Education is the key to our success and our community’s future.